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6 Books You Should Read By New MacArthur Fellows

Today 21 new MacArthur Genius Grant recipients were named. These "exceptionally creative individuals " will certainly create great things in the future, but plenty of them have awesome works you can read today! Here are 6 to help you discover the world's newest official geniuses.

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1. Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel received her grant for "redefining paradigms in memoir" and that's exactly what this books does. The New York Times wrote of the book: "Throughout, there are magnificent feats of connectivity, startlingly complex internal monologues that unfold with perfect simplicity."Yes, you should definitely read it.
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Alison Bechdel received her grant for "redefining paradigms in memoir" and that's exactly what this books does. The New York Times wrote of the book: "Throughout, there are magnificent feats of connectivity, startlingly complex internal monologues that unfold with perfect simplicity."

Yes, you should definitely read it.

2. Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence by Sarah Deer

If you haven't heard of Sarah Deer, now's the time. She's a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and she's done tireless work addressing the issue of violence towards Native women. In 2007 she worked with Amnesty International to re-frame "the problem of sexual violence in Indian Country as an international human rights issue." This book will give you a good introduction to her work.
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If you haven't heard of Sarah Deer, now's the time. She's a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and she's done tireless work addressing the issue of violence towards Native women. In 2007 she worked with Amnesty International to re-frame "the problem of sexual violence in Indian Country as an international human rights issue."

This book will give you a good introduction to her work.

3. Wind in a Box by Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes got his grant for writing poetry that "both references and eschews the standard tropes and forms of blues poetry."This book, which is, says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, like "being drawn into whirling tornadoes of emotions, words and poetic styles," is a perfect place to enter his work while waiting for his newest collection to come out.
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Terrance Hayes got his grant for writing poetry that "both references and eschews the standard tropes and forms of blues poetry."

This book, which is, says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, like "being drawn into whirling tornadoes of emotions, words and poetic styles," is a perfect place to enter his work while waiting for his newest collection to come out.

4. A Bright New Boise by Samuel D. Hunter

In 2011 Samuel Hunter's play, A Bright New Boise, won the Obie Award for Playwriting. According to Time Out New York, "This clear-eyed comedy will lift your heart." Even though there may not be a production of it happening near you, you can always read it and keep your eye out for it in the future.
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In 2011 Samuel Hunter's play, A Bright New Boise, won the Obie Award for Playwriting. According to Time Out New York, "This clear-eyed comedy will lift your heart."

Even though there may not be a production of it happening near you, you can always read it and keep your eye out for it in the future.

5. Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet's Art and His Nation by Khaled Mattawa

Reza Aslan calls this book: "A brilliant and illuminating look at one of the greatest Arab poets of all time, by one of the greatest Arab poets of our time."Give the man a Genius Grant! Oh wait, they did. Okay, then everybody read the book!
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Reza Aslan calls this book: "A brilliant and illuminating look at one of the greatest Arab poets of all time, by one of the greatest Arab poets of our time."

Give the man a Genius Grant! Oh wait, they did. Okay, then everybody read the book!

6. Confronting Racism: The Problem and the Response by Jennifer Lynn Eberhardt

Jennifer Lynn Eberhardt's much-needed work investigates "the subtle, complex, largely unconscious yet deeply ingrained ways that individuals racially code and categorize people, with a particular focus on associations between race and crime."So while her book is definitely an academic work, it's the kind that all of us should start reading now.
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Jennifer Lynn Eberhardt's much-needed work investigates "the subtle, complex, largely unconscious yet deeply ingrained ways that individuals racially code and categorize people, with a particular focus on associations between race and crime."

So while her book is definitely an academic work, it's the kind that all of us should start reading now.

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